American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Seven Nurses for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Seven Nurses for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Barbara Drew, PhD, APRN, BC and Shirley Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces the recipients of its 2011 APNA Annual Awards. These awards honor individuals who exemplify a superior dedication to and passion for the psychiatric mental health nursing profession. Awards recipients were nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee of their APNA colleagues. The awards will be presented to seven psychiatric mental health nurses at the APNA 25th Annual Conference in October.

This year’s recipient of the prestigious APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award is Barbara Drew, PhD, APRN, BC. The Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award recognizes a psychiatric mental health nurse who demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities. Dr. Drew is a past president of APNA and an Associate Professor at Kent State University’s School of Nursing, where she established a successful child and adolescent psychiatric nursing program. Most recently, she has been heavily involved as Chair of the APNA/ISPN LACE Implementation Task Force, working to create a framework for the implementation of the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing within psychiatric mental health nursing. “Barb demonstrated her ability to visualize a need for a future where the public would have a clear understanding of what advanced nursing practice is, who advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses are, and a more coherent conception of what to expect from these practitioners,” says Jeanne A. Clement, one of the psychiatric nurses who recommended her for the award. “She is…a leader who leads and inspires by her ability to have a vision of the future.”

APNA is also honoring Shirley Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity, and exceptional and meritorious service to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. “Perhaps more than any other living individual, Dr. Smoyak has helped shape, teach and preserve the body of knowledge that is psychiatric nursing. Truly, our profession owes her a debt of gratitude because of her long standing advocacy; she truly represents distinguished service and is deserving of this award,” says nominator and mentee Teena McGuiness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN. Dr. Smoyak, a professor at Rutgers’ College of Nursing and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, is a respected researcher and author in the field of mental health. She is known internationally as an advocate for psychiatric mental health nursing as well as for her pioneering work on the relationship between family systems and the patient with mental illness. A charter member of APNA who has served on its Board of Directors in the past, Dr. Smoyak continues to be an active and vocal member in the association.

APNA further honors the following psychiatric mental health nurses for excellence in practice, education, leadership, and innovation in the field of PMHN:

Award for Excellence in Education:

M. Jane Suresky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Award for Innovation – Individual:

Michael Terry, DNP, FNP, PMHNP

Hahn School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Award for Excellence in Leadership – Advanced:

Lisabeth Johnston, PhD, APRN, CS

Independent Practitioner

West Hartford, CT

Award for Excellence in Practice – APRN:

Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, APN PMHNP/CNS-BC, FNP-BC

Memphis, TN

Award for Excellence in Practice – RN-PMH:

Marcia Melby, RN-BC, PMH

Community Mental Health Center

Fresno, CA

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.


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Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 16, 2011

Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The report is based on a “listening session” with mental health experts from different Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

Key issues in the report include barriers to mental health services and negative perceptions of mental health problems particular to AAPI communities.

The report highlights statistics from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) posing concern.

    Asian American girls have the highest rates of depressive symptoms of any racial/ethnic or gender group;
    Young Asian American women ages 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than other racial/ethnic groups;
    Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans overall, compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans;
    Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over 65; and
    Among Southeast Asians, 71 percent meet criteria for major affective disorders such as depression—with 81 percent among Cambodians and 85 percent among Hmong.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a rich diversity of languages and cultures” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “They include traditions from China, India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines to name only a few. Mental health care must recognize cultural differences as well as common concerns inside our broader national community.”

Recommendations include:

    A national strategy of outreach and engagement using cultural messages, ambassadors and social media;
    A linguistically and culturally responsive mental health workforce, including recruitment of bilingual and bicultural members of the AAPI community; and.
    Recognition of cultural influences such as tight-knit family connections and individual and family desires to avoid stigma and shame from seeking treatment.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center convened the listening session. Participants included:

    Asian American Studies Program; California State University
    Asian Health Coalition
    Center for Education Empowerment
    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program (NAMI New Jersey)
    Lehigh University
    NAMI Orange County
    NAMI San Diego
    NAMI San Francisco
    Pacific Clinics
    Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
    Rams Inc.
    U.C.-Davis School of Medicine
    Rethink BPD
    San Mateo County Health Department
    Union of Pan-Asian Communities and
    Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.


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“American Riviera” to See Increase in Homelessness

“American Riviera” to See Increase in Homelessness

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2008

Known by many as the American Riviera and made famous by many celebrity residents, (including Oprah and soon-to-be resident, Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger), the ocean-side community of Santa Barbara County could soon be facing a drastic increase in homelessness if proposed budget cuts by the Department of Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) are approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 22.

The budget cuts include a 60%, $ 6 million cut to community-based programs that provide safety-net services to the mentally ill, as well as a $ 2.7 million cut to County operated mental health clinics, ensuring that many people who need services in the future will be denied access to care.

“This is not the way we do things in Santa Barbara,” said Annmarie Cameron, Executive Director at the Mental Health Association.

“The draconian budget cuts proposed by the ADMHS management put a final strain on a safety net that is already frayed. We should all be afraid of the consequences.”

By its own report, ADMHS acknowledges that among the devastating consequences of this proposal, a significant number of people who are now housed and treated will soon become homeless when lifelines are terminated.

Santa Barbara County is in the top third wealthiest California counties based on per capita income, yet only invests at the 2 percent level in its mental health system. The average for California counties is six percent. In June 2004, the median home price in Santa Barbara surpassed $ 1,000,000. Traditionally the area has had a significant homeless population, due in part to the high cost of living

Last year, 22 homeless people died on the streets of the south coast. Tragically, many, if not most, of those people were mentally ill. If the proposed mental health service cuts go into effect July 1st, this number will likely grow exponentially.

The proposed cuts would purge more than 800 people from the ADMHS caseload, removing the lifelines that support recovery and permanent supportive housing with many of these people becoming homeless.

Referring to a recent County-sponsored effort to re-design the mental health system, Barry Schoer, Executive Director of Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers, said “the process of saving community-based mental health services for the mentally ill has been plagued with divisiveness and a blinding focus on budget instead of people.”

Not only do local leaders expect an unacceptable increase in the level of homelessness and street deaths among the mentally ill, but the cost of providing emergency medical treatment or inpatient care is up to nine times more expensive than providing permanent supportive housing.

ALL4CMH (Association of Local Leaders for Community Mental Health) requested a special hearing before the Board of Supervisors separate from the April 22nd regular agenda, at a time when everyone in the community is free to attend and demand care and justice for the mentally ill. A response from the County is pending.

Prior to the April 22 hearing, ALL4CMH is hosting a community Mental Health Rally on April 18, 2008 2- 4 p.m. at Alameda Park in downtown Santa Barbara (corner of Micheltorena and Anacapa). The rally will focus on how to save mental health services, and will include guest speakers, music and refreshments.

Meanwhile, details on the impact of the proposed budget cuts, and the ongoing struggle to improve the plight of the mentally ill through better management and a much-needed redesign of the system can be found at the campaign’s new website:

Association of Local Leaders for Community Mental Health, or ALL 4 CMH is a coalition formed by local leaders of nonprofit mental health and housing agencies on February 6, 2008 to promote improved delivery and increased efficiency of mental health services and housing supports in Santa Barbara County.

ALL 4 CMH members represent more than 200 years of leadership in local nonprofit agencies with expertise in fund development and high-quality mental health services. Please visit for more information.


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Unique Native American Remedy; Natural Gum Healing Clay Toothpaste Available at Whole Foods Mill Valley and Roseville.

Unique Native American Remedy; Natural Gum Healing Clay Toothpaste Available at Whole Foods Mill Valley and Roseville.

San Francisco, CA. (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

Today, Zion Health announces the availability of ClayBrite Natural Toothpaste in Whole Foods Mill Valley and Whole Foods Roseville. Claybrite is a unique brown colored toothpaste sweetened with Stevia leaf extract that is known to whiten the teeth, and help heal gum disease. Natural health consumers who live in Sacramento or Mill Valley may now purchase this unique brown colored toothpaste in their local Whole Food Store or internet shoppers may order ClayBrite Natural Toothpaste online at

“Whole Foods is recognized for selling the highest quality organic body care products. This makes our natural clay toothpaste an excellent addition to their already unique line of natural remedies and herbal body care products.” says Eddy Urbina, Zion Health sales manager. “ClayBrite consists of mainly clay and mint which is a healthy alternative to standard toothpastes currently available in grocery outlets and retail chains.”

Zion Health’s light brown colored toothpaste contains a unique type of clay called Kanwa or referred to by scientists as Calcium Montmorillonite clay. Calcium Montmorillonite is a natural, edible type of clay that contains trace minerals that are healthy to eat and serves as a gentle detox remedy. NASA sponsored research and latest research from MIT both claim this type of clay contains healthy nutrients and a natural pulling power that helps absorb toxins including harmful bacteria.

Zion Health sells a full line of healing clay body care products made with Kanwa including natural skin care products, and detox remedies. Their inspiration comes from ancient native practices of healing with clay. Native Americans commonly used clay to clean the gums and brush their teeth. Clay was additionally used in native medicine to soothe digestive ailments and heal wounds. The American Journal of Medicine reported African tribes used clay to detoxify contaminated water and poisonous foods.

“Certain types of clay contain powerful medicinal properties that help heal a long list of health ailments,” states Gloria Vilchez, Zion Health marketing manager. “In France, Montmorillonite clay is sold by bulk in most health food stores as a healthy supplement to the diet. The U.S. needs to catch up when it comes to the distribution of natural medicines.”

Zion Health products are available in local health food stores and Whole Food Store locations in Redwood City, San Ramon, San Mateo, Cupertino, including the recent addition of Whole Foods Mill Valley and Roseville. Zion’s natural body care products may also be purchased online at



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The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

(PRWEB) April 15, 2006

After creating a buzz with their 2004 debut EP, The Flairs are ready to rock the world with the new full length CD Shut Up and Drive. The first single and video is a spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life” which will hit rock radio this month, with the CD being released May 16th in Canada (Pacific Music/Warner) and June 13th in the U.S (Burnside). Hard-working as ever, The Flairs are preparing for their intensive cross Canada and US tours which kick off in Vancouver May 19th.

After virtually growing up in Tuuli and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and Rock legends Cheap Trick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals) decided to form their own band. The Flairs story started in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked’s guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts. All three found the common ground and added Gillian’s brother Ryan Hanna (bass) to the trio and the band was officially born.

The Flairs attribute their unique sound to their individual influences; Dawn’s love for the Ramones, Jen’s ska-influenced punk in the vein of the Dance Hall Crashers, and Hanna’s passion for heavy guitar rock groups like Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. Those influences go hand in hand with the bands that initially sparked their imagination like Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Stone Temple Pilots. In the mix, they have created a sound they can call their own.

The Flairs constantly tour across North America appearing at festivals such as NXNE, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, Seattle’s ROCKRGRL Conference and L.A.’s International Pop Overthrow. They have shared the stage with David Lee Roth, Vanilla Ice and Robin Black. Two videos from their 2004 EP “Ready to Roll” and “Falling into Pieces” were played on MuchMusic on a regular basis.

The Flairs are also about to shoot a video for their second single off the album “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You” to be released during the 2006 summer tour. The Flairs are a forceful live act that continues to expand their already rabid-fan base with passion and drawing power.

2006 Tour Dates

Canada: (more tbc)

May 13th         The Azure – Vancouver, BC

May 19th         Lamplighter – Vancouver. BC

May 26th         Underground, Calgary. AB

May 27th         Velvet Underground, Edmonton, AB

May 28th         Drake Inn, Canmore, AB

May 29th         Wild Bills, Banff, AB

May 30th         Tongue ‘n’ Groove, Lethbridge, AB

May 31st         Distrikt, Regina, SK

June 1st             Roxy, Saskatoon, SK

June 2nd            Zoo, Winnipeg, MB

June 3rd            Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON

June 6th            Foundation, Barrie, ON

June 17th         Zaphod’s, Ottawa, ON

June 23rd         Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON

June 24th         Call The Office, London, ON

U.S. Dates: (more tbc)

June 26th         Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA

June 28th         The Loft, York, PA

June 29th         Dragonfly, Harrisburg, PA

July 11th         Swayze’s, Atlanta, GA

July 21st         Headhunters Club, Austin, TX

July 25th         Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM

July 27th         Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV

July 28th         Kiss or Kill Club, Los Angeles, CA

July 29th         The Anarchy Library, Downey, CA

July 30th         Zombie Lounge, San Diego, CA

July 31st         Cat Club, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 5th            G Street Pub, Sacramento, CA

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